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5 things you'll take away from our property investing guide

I'm proud of the GrowthFunders Knowledge Library. It's a growing resource that we're adding to regularly with both guides and webinars on everything from a beginner's guide to tax efficient investing through to introducing SSAS pensions.

It's been one of our more recent guides - 'integrating property investments into your portfolio' - that's produced a lot of feedback in particular.

As the title says, its focus is on explaining how, as an investor, you can start including property investments in your wider portfolio. Touching on an array of topics, there's a whole host of information available, and today I wanted to pick out five of the most notable things you'll be able to take away when reading the free 48 page guide.

1. Exactly what property investment opportunities are available

Becoming involved in the property market as an investor can be exciting. It's an asset class that's vast and varied and full of potential. Of course it brings with it risks as any investment does, but the variety of property investments available means there's generally an opportunity for all, regardless of risk preference.

In fact, as we detail in the guide, there's actually a property opportunity for most not just regardless of risk preference, but almost regardless of any other affecting factor.

Want to invest a few hundred pounds into property on a one-off basis? Sure.

How about investing on a regular basis to generate a yield to support your other income streams? Completely possible.

Or perhaps you want to invest a large sum into a variety of property opportunities several times a year? Achievable more than ever.

Property is one of the most accessible asset classes available for an investor, and understanding the opportunities available showcases just how much this is true.

2. How property can be ideal whether you're looking for income or growth-focused investments

It's common for many investors new to the property market to believe the opportunities are very much focused on income - think buy-to-lets. These are the investments where you invest a lump sum of capital and a regular yield is produced, be that in the form of a monthly rent or a dividend paid every couple of months.

But whilst income-focused property investments are undoubtedly popular, growth-focused investments in relation to property are just as accessible.

What's more, growth and income don't need to be separate considerations - there are property investment opportunities available that can deliver both, producing a regular yield whilst targeting capital growth.

Read more: how do you invest in property as a growth-focused investor?

3. The differences between residential and commercial, and direct and indirect, property opportunities

If looking at whether you want to be an income or growth-focused property investor is one of the first decisions you should consider, whether you want to build a residential or commercial property investment portfolio - and if it will lean more towards direct or indirect opportunities - should most likely be the next two.

Whilst the difference between residential and commercial property investments may be clear on the highest of levels, the guide explains what opportunity types are actually available under these two headings, and how they can each be beneficial to an investor.

Direct and indirect investments can be slightly more complex to understand, and the guide gives a greater level of detail around them both.

Touching on opportunities such as the Private Rental Sector (PRS) and off-plan properties alongside opportunities from office purchases through to strategic land management, understanding the different benefits, potential and risk/return profile of each is critical to ensuring you invest in the most suitable opportunities for you.

4. The rising popularity of property crowdfunding

There are more and more ways to invest in property than ever before. You don't just need to buy a house and let it out or invest money into the shares of a property company on the London Stock Exchange.

And one that's becoming increasingly popular is property crowdfunding.

Download our 'integrating property investments into your portfolio' guide

An innovative way of both raising funds for a project and investing into them, in 2015 equity crowdfunding as a whole was worth £332m, and over a quarter of this was specifically property-related.

Giving you the ability to select individual property investment opportunities that combine your particular area of interest with financial returns, property crowdfunding enables you to make a range of investments easily - you could realistically invest £1,000 into five different deals rather than one £5,000 investment. Clearly the benefits to this can be considerable, if not simply for the facts you're mitigating risk and achieving a certain level of portfolio diversification.

5. More about who we are!

Understanding the company behind any investment - whether it's the company being invested into or the company facilitating the investment - is key for any investor. The opportunity can seem brilliant, but if you don't have an understanding or confidence in the company behind it, it can be difficult to want to invest financially.

At GrowthFunders - and the wider Growth Capital Ventures - we strive to be clear and concise on everything we do. We want you to know about the team here so you get an understanding of our passion for everything we do, from supporting startups through to helping investors invest in the opportunities most suited to them.

Want to read our free 48 page property investing guide in full? Click here to download your copy.

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